Definition of delegation in English:



  • 1[treated as singular or plural] A body of delegates or representatives; a deputation.

    ‘a delegation of teachers’
    • ‘The office sifts the papers coming into the department and decides most of which papers and delegations the minister should see.’
    • ‘The Foreign Ministry will encourage the exchange of business delegations.’
    • ‘They also hope for further union delegations to extend the links of international solidarity.’
    • ‘Since then, the group has organized visits to the US for several legislative delegations.’
    • ‘He led many delegations overseas to promote Victoria and to seek investment for its development.’
    • ‘The exhibition is a private event with government delegations invited.’
    • ‘Many delegations saw the steering groups as an extra layer in an already overburdened hierarchy.’
    • ‘The international delegations were made especially welcome and placed right near the head of the march.’
    • ‘We offer services to identify agents and arrange appointments for business development delegations.’
    • ‘The biggest job for us is to manage all the people involved, whether it be the delegations, the police, the government and so on.’
    • ‘A committee has also been set up to monitor delegations, ensuring that they meet protocol requirements.’
    • ‘Groups around Britain are organising delegations to send to the conference.’
    • ‘Negotiations began between delegations of the three parties on the formation of an Executive.’
    • ‘Other workers should organise delegations to council picket lines in every area.’
    • ‘At the same time, each of the four delegations present includes Pashtun representation.’
    • ‘Large numbers of trade unionists went on the anti-war demonstrations, but not in general as organised delegations.’
    • ‘That's something I heard on a continuous basis when I met with American delegations.’
    • ‘But there is no automatic right of Scottish representation in UK delegations.’
    • ‘We get delegations of people who come to look at the store from different countries.’
    • ‘Activists are also organising to get big delegations of students.’
    deputation, delegacy, legation, commission
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  • 2[mass noun] The action or process of delegating or being delegated.

    ‘the delegation of power to the district councils’
    • ‘You have to trust them, you have to give them the power and delegation in terms of personnel finance and likewise other areas.’
    • ‘One of the roles of the new committee is to appoint the UK delegation to general assemblies.’
    • ‘The delegation of regulatory powers to a transnational network is likely to raise even stronger doubts.’
    • ‘The delegation of those powers is a trend in the right direction, as provided for by this bill.’
    • ‘It appears that the trustees' power of delegation cannot be excluded by the settler.’
    • ‘A moment's thought will indicate why delegation of power to make regulations has been necessary.’
    • ‘It contains a very comprehensive delegation of powers, including a power to sell or rent property.’
    • ‘There's no vote and no delegation of power to experts or a committee by the group.’
    • ‘The Government was right to realise the need for more delegation of powers from Whitehall.’
    assignment, entrusting, giving, committal, devolution, deputation, transference
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Early 17th century (denoting the action or process of delegating; also in the sense ‘delegated power’): from Latin delegatio(n-), from delegare send on a commission (see delegate).